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Sep 29, 2012 12:30pm PDT
romney. debate subject area, domestic policy. debate moderator, jim lara. structure, six 15-minute segment. three focus on the economy, four, five, and six health care, the role of government and governing. procedure, each candidate gets two minutes to respond to a question posed by jim lara. time remaining is given to freewheeling discussion of segments. risk factor, dangerous, sometimes lethal. ♪ [music] ♪ >> are you better off than you were four years ago? is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? is america as respected throughout the world as it was? do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? if you answer all of those questions yes, why then i think your choice is obvious as to who you'll vote for. if you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then i could suggest another choice that you have. >
FOX News
Sep 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
think there's a good chance governor romney will win this debate. look, he won virtually every debate during the republican primaries. he actually dispatched no newt gingrich, demolishe demolished e florida debate. the president is very good at delivering a message to the american people, but generally more like you saw at the democraticn, in kind of a longer format. it's going to be a challenge to get down to those little -- >> i find it interesting that already you're trying to dispel any motion that the president might win this thing, that you're concerned for him to win. >> it will difficult for him to win the first one mitt romney has debated, and the president hasn't debated in the past four years in terms of a campaign debate. the president will hold his own, but he's not known for soundbites. these are 60 seconds, 90 second responses, and learned in the paper today that's how mitt romney is practicing. he's practicing zingers to try to get under the president's skin. you know, the president operates differently. >> you don't want him to come off as professorial like he does at
FOX News
Sep 29, 2012 12:00pm EDT
prepare than mitt romney. mitt romney devoted three full days in vermont to debate preparations. the president is lucky to be able to devote three consecutive hours to debate preparation. >> it is something that you have to do to lower the expectations, because expectations are running quite high on both sides about the debate itself, what we can expect to see. >> well, i think everybody's expectations are running high. generally challengers win the first debate, especially against incumbents, because incumbents have not had the opportunity to debate in several years. >> you're already conceding the challenger might win this debate? >> i think there's a good chance governor romney will win this debate. look, he won virtually every debate during the republican primaries. he actually dispatched no newt gingrich, demolishe demolished e florida debate. the president is very good at delivering a message to the american people, but generally more like you saw at the democratic convention, in kind of a longer format. it's going to be a challenge to get down to those little -- >> i find it i
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 4:30am PDT
fellow massachusetts mitt romney and john kerry knows a bit about debating, the democrats' 2004 nominee. and mitt romney goes to colorado monday and the debate is wednesday. besides the preparation, we're seeing both campaigns trying to low low expectations. not just campaigns, listen to governor romney. >> he's president of the united states and an eloquent speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker and in his debate last time with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> reporter: the whole idea is lower the bar and if you're doing well you beat expectations and win the debate, the spin they're playing. listen to stephanie from the obama campaign. >> what history tells us that challengers normally win the first debate just by the fact they're standing on the stage with the president. that elevates them and normally come into this as underdogs. we're coming into this very realistic mitt romney is likely to win if he plays his cards right. >> reporter: while the candidates themselves are laying low today, the running mates will be in the spotlight. >> tell us about what paul rya
WETA
Sep 28, 2012 8:00pm EDT
-- governor romney has spent a lot of time practicing. he did five full mock debates. and he has lined up senator rob portman from ohio to play barack obama, the same person who played senator obama four years ago and advisers say he is letting him have it. gwen: wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >> it is a final time for governor romney to reset the race or get people to take a second look. millions of people will be watching the debate. it is way too early to judge anything. it is probably premature to be voting without watching. gwen: on that point, a lot of people -- there are only a very narrow sliver of people who say they are undecided. not surprising that people don't use the debates to decide but use it for something else. >> that's right. most people will go into these debates, if you like obama, you will think he did a debate job. romney has said that he wants to use the debates as a clarifying moment. he thinks the democrats have waged an inaccurate campaign. he has said he expects obama to tell more untruths on the debate stage but he thinks there is a real
WETA
Sep 29, 2012 6:30pm EDT
republican primary debates, mitt romney did well. if you go in that obama is so great in communicating, you might be surprised. gwen: primary debates had eight people on the stage and tried to yell at the moderator too often, but the question is, who is really the better debater? is it all spin at this point? >> it is all spin. because there is not much going on, there is a bit of a vacuum in the room now. the romney campaign -- governor romney has spent a lot of time practicing. he did five full mock debates. and he has lined up senator rob portman from ohio to play barack obama, the same person who played senator obama four years ago and advisers say he is letting him have it. gwen: wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >> it is a final time for governor romney to reset the race or get people to take a second look. millions of people will be watching the debate. it is way too early to judge anything. it is probably premature to be voting without watching. gwen: on that point, a lot of people -- there are only a very narrow sliver of people who say they are undecide
FOX Business
Sep 29, 2012 2:00am EDT
, romney's people trying to lower expectations for next week's debate. his steaks. and the film that sparked violence and average around the world. the anti is law movie is banned in other countries. what about your? answers next. lori: freedom of speech under fire. one man's video, world leaders up in arms a lori: outrage across the world with his entire islam you to video under arrest. could face up to three years behind bars for allegedly violating his parole and lying about his involvement in the film. this as global leaders feared nuys the very notion of free speech. joining me now. great to see you. first, the filmmaker. and so let you know how to pronounce his name. >> that's why he was arrested. people have said, how can he be arrested on a probation violation? because we don't know who he is. you will even give us his real name. lori: an information gathering exercise and the part of the stories. >> more than that because he as a probation violation on check writing counterfeit violation in 2010. so now he is saying to my not telling you i am. i'm not telling you my name. th
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 4:00pm EDT
o'donnell who is debate coach for mitt romney for part of the republican primary season. good afternoon to both of you gentlemen. >> good to be with you. >> let me start with you. tell me about the balance that romney has to strike, calling out, calling out president obama without appearing to be unfair or perhaps even nasty. >> well, i think it's all a matter of tone and language. and for governor romney, i would describe it as being respectfully but passionately aggressive. so in the way he refers to the president, referring to him as mr. president, with all due respect, but he also can't let that put him into a defensive posture where he doesn't -- i agree with karl rove, actually call out the president's policy. so i wouldn't phrase it as calling out the president, but calling out the president's policies. if he has a substantive debate about the president's economic policies and what has happened with them, then i think he stays in a very safe territory. >> richard, the obama campaign going pretty far to lower expectations over the past couple of weeks. a recent report on
ABC
Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
weekend. mitt romney already holding mock debates. and look at this tonight. do you remember this face? the question from this voter? it was a turning point in a debate from years ago and when you hear her, you'll likely remember it. tonight, how both campaigns are trying to avoid debate pitfalls. >> we will win ohio. >> we've got to win in virginia. >> reporter: after chasing each other through the same states, now, they're preparing for the same stage. the president heads to nevada for debate prep, senator john kerry playing mitt romney. romney, holding mock debates, senator rob portman playing the president. and tonight, in an effort to lower expectations, each campaign lavishing praise on the other guy. a senior romney adviser writing "president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history." the obama campaign saying of romney he'll be a "prepared, disciplined and aggressive debater," pointing to the 20 debates romney had in the primaries. and as we've seen before, debates can hinge on one moment. >>
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 1:00pm PDT
week's debate from a man who might know, karl rove. and it points to what a tricky task romney has on his hands. in an op-ed, rove says, quote, mr. romney must call out the president. that is not so easy. mr. romney can't call mr. obama a liar. that's too harsh a word that would backfire. mr. romney must instead set the record straight in a presidential tone firm, respectful, but not deferential. joining me to talk about it from washington, richard goodstein, a democratic strategist who helped get al gore ready for the debates in 2000. on the phone from nebraska, brett o'donnell who is debate coach for mitt romney for part of the republican primary season. good afternoon to both of you gentlemen. >> good to be with you. >> let me start with you. tell me about the balance that romney has to strike, calling out, calling out president obama without appearing to be unfair or perhaps even nasty. >> well, i think it's all a matter of tone and language. and for governor romney, i would describe it as being respectfully but passionately aggressive. so in the way he refers to the president, re
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 11:00am PDT
is president obama's first debate since 2008. governor romney had what seemed like 163 primary debates earlier this year. how confident are the president's advisers that he's not a tad rusty? >> reporter: you know, i think that that's something, a story line that they would like to promote. what we've seen, it's almost comica comical, to the extent we've seen both camps downplayings the expectations. so much of life is expectations, so much of a political debate like this. one of the president's advisers the other day talking about, you know, the president's so loquacious. he's got to keep his answers tighter. and by turns, mitt romney's camp talking about the president's gifted oratorical skills. so they both can't be right, but i think both sides are relatively confident going into this. >> to hear both of them tell it, the other guy is the best debater since abe lincoln himself. mike viqueira, thank you so much. appreciate your time, sir. there are, of course, great expectations on both sides for next week's debate. the pressure is really on for mitt romney to knock it out o
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 5:00am EDT
nation on earth. >> the great debate five days away. why romney has to win and why obama can't afford to lose. i'll talk to my political a-team. also, bibi and the bomb. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> after dropping this on the u.n. yesterday, he talks to obama and romney today. what israel's line in the sand would mean for all of us. plus, have you seen chelsea lately? >> nobody knows what the hell they're getting into when they're running for president. >> one of my favorites guests is back. >> i'm single, yes. >> if men are watching this -- >> yeah, i'm available. you know, just call me maybe. >> funny, feisty as ever, with a new look for her talk show. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. the big story, the great debate. in just five days the event that could change the race for the white use permanently. the clock is ticking and the candidates know it. they meet face-to-face on wednesday. this weekend, both will be locked behind closed doors in practice sparring sessions. romney has listed senator rob portman to prep him while obama is working with sena
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
first debate we were tied with george bush. so there is an opportunity for mitt romney if he takes advantage of it next wednesday night, to turn the momentum around. he not only has to win this debate but has to change the dynamics in this race. we know he's going to show up prepared, disciplined and aggressive, even tim pawlenty said that he's as good as it gets when it comes to debating. but the question is whether or not he's going to be able to talk to the american people specifically about what his plans are for this country. that's been a huge deficit for him over the course of this campaign. no specifics, no details. so i think that is part of the burden he carries next wednesday night. >> i suppose one of the problems for you is that barack obama is in the strange position of being the quite clear favorite. i don't think many incumbent presidents have that going into debates but people say i saw a poll this morning, he's up nearly 60% of americans believe obama will win the debates. that's always a rather precarious place to go into a debate, isn't it, as the clear favorite
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 3:00pm PDT
upcoming debate. earlier in the week i had a chance to talk with senior romney adviser about all this. he compared the president tho cy young to the baseball pitcher who is the standard for all pitchers across the major leagues. and you really don't set expectations any higher than your opponent than comparing your opponent to cy young. >> thanks very much. jim acosta traveling with mitt romney. president obama is trying to gain support what has traditionally been republican territory. what are you seeing? >> reporter: as you know, election day may be weeks away, but in virginia, ab sen tea voting is already under way and that is why you saw president obama and mitt romney treading on each other's turf this week. president obama heading to virginia beach as he tries to keep virginia out of reach for romney. >> reporter: in virginia beach, president obama tailored his latest attack on mitt romney to the military voters here as he hit his opponent for his recent comments that 37% of americans who don't pay income taxes see themselves as victims. >> i travel a lot around this country and i d
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
lowering expectations. president obama's people point to all the debates mitt romney did during the primaries as well as his recent practice sessions. >> you know, i'll say mitt romney has a bit more practice than the president. he's done a lot of them recently. so, you know, we'll wait to see. >> are you nervous. >> he's a much better debater. >> who? >> mitt romney. >> that was the press sector the obama campaign insisting that mitt romney is a much better debater. a thursday memo shows romney campaign senior adviser playing the same game and i'm quoting her now when she says president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. this will be the eighth one h onone presidential debate of his political career for mitt romney, it will be his first. and listen to what romney himself tells abc news. >> i don't worry about the opportunity to be on the air and to face the president. he has his views. i have mine. >> all right. so just how influential are these debates for the voters out there? joining us
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 12:00am PDT
things as underdogs so we're coming into this debate very realistic that mitt romney is likely to win, if he plays his cards right. if he performs and fills in those details and has that conversation with the american people instead of having, you know, a punching match and just leveling insults at the president like he's done over the past two years, if he fills in his policy details, talks in specifics about his plans for the future, he could win this debate. but you know what, the president is treating these debates the same way we treated the conventions. that it's not about just that ght. it's about an ongoing conversation with the american people. it's not just about the people in the room or the people, no offense to cnn, in the cnn booth. it's about the people sitting at home and the type of conversation that we want to have with them over time. it's a continuation of that conversation about where the president wants to take this country and his specific plans to move us forward. >> talking of conversations, he chose to appear on "the view" in the last week rather than talk to
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 9:00pm PDT
ceded that mitt romney is a good debater, he certainly showed that in florida and during the primaries, he's a great debater. he put away the race there, really. and that underdogs usually get on the stage with the president of the united states, they feel that vibe, they're at parity and i think she basically broadcasting it's okay and we expect it if the underdog wins here. but here's what i think has to happen for mitt romney. he needs to bring this race back to a referendum on obama. it was a referendum on president obama for awhile as any re-election should be, then it was a choice. now it's actually a referendum on mitt romney. he needs to shift the referendum back into the incumbent and have the debate questioners really hold the president to account for some answers in libya, his silence on syria and certainly the economy. >> jennifer, it's going to be a fascinating night, the debate. i can't wait to watch it. there is a point there, barack obama hasn't done a debate now for quite a long time. mitt romney spent most of the year debating and he got better and better. i
NBC
Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on sunday the president will begin three days of intensive preparation in nevada. on monday, romney will hunker down for two days in denver, the site of wednesday's debate. in romney's sessions pre
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 12:00pm EDT
over obama's recent rise, said the debates could be the last best chance for romney to deliver a decisive blow, change the narrative and steady his campaign." that's quite a tall order, david. sounds like a level of desperation there and desperation then leads to mistakes as we've seen in the past. is that a worry at all for the romney camp? i've heard some analysts say that he needs a hail mary. i mean, is it that dramatic? >> absolutely. the romney camp won't come out and say that. everybody sort of tries to downplay expectations before these things. all eyes are on romney. he's trailing in the polls nationally and in the swing states. he said to his supporters, hey, you know, when i name a running mate and when i'm at my convention you're going to see the bumps. you haven't seen sustained bumps. this is his chance to do it. he's running out of chances. 60 member people could watch these debates. this is a big chance for him. >> the challenger gets a butch just for sharing a stage with the president in the first debate. any chance the romney camp could play it safe this first t
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm EDT
president in mitt romney's debate. more on the preview of wednesday's big event. >> as running mate paul ryan makes the rounds on the campaign trail here in new hampshire, and ohio, guess what? his boss is hunkering down, getting ready for the first showdown between him and president obama. romney is spending a lot of time this week to prepare for the debate. the same thing for the president. he is off the campaign trail, today, tomorrow, off to nevada. but basically he is spending a lot of this week, we believe, behind closed doors getting ready. meanwhile, both are trying to lower the bar for the candidates. even the candidates themselves are doingñr it. take a listen to mitt romney, recently on the campaign trail. >> i mean, he is president of the united states, a very good speaker. >> now, he is a very good speaker, i am sure in the debates, as last time with senator john mccain he will be very eloquent. >> reporter: and it is not only mitt romney playing that game, so is the obama campaign. >> what history tells us, the challenger wins the first debate just due to the fact the
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 12:00pm PDT
to you. what can you tell me about governor romney's debate preparations this weekend? >> well, craig, i can tell you, so far, it hasn't really started at. at the moment, he's over at his oldest son's house in massachusetts. we are expecting governor romney to participate in some more debate prep this weekend. understand senator rob portman from ohio will be here, he'll also be traveling with the governor to denver on monday. they're at the stage now where the expectations game includes not really discussing even when and where they're doing debate prep. the campaign's official line, wherever's preparing for debates, is that he's holding private meetings. they don't want to give the impression that he's doing nothing but studying. >> because, again, if you study for 75 hours for a test, you better make an a-plus, or people begin to say funny things about you. it seems like every day or so, we hear from a new republican, who's hitting the romney campaign with some sort of advice. this week, it was newt gingrich offering some advice to romney's messaging strategy, telling him how to dis
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, focus on the small things, like the color of one's tie, or even dramatic one-liners. but if he can get a handle on the debate, he is confident he will win this thing. >> all right, in a suburb outside minne
WETA
Sep 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
the middle east, would have offered mitt romney hagel the opportunity to reframe the debate, but he cannot seem to get there. politico began a piece on friday by telling us with the problem is not -- not clint eastwood and the empty chair, or delete 47% video or media bias. politico says it is mitt. judge for yourselves. >> quite a guy, isn't it? paul ryan, isn't that something? >> ryan, ryan. >> way to a second, romney-ryan, romney-ryan, there you go. >> oh, sweet jesus. >> joe scarborough and mika brzezinski on "morning joe." "slowly and reluctantly, republicans who love romney are concluding that for all his gifts as a leader and role model, he is just not a good political candidate in this era." is that fair, mark? >> it is affair. you want to go to the numbers. wherever mitt romney goes, his unfavorable numbers go up. in florida in may, he was at 35% unfavorable. now he is 48% unfavorable. in ohio, 34%, now 49%. it is a problem. that has just been the reverse with obama. what do you do? mitt does not have a rose garden. >> charles, you write that in the wake of what is happenin
FOX Business
Sep 29, 2012 4:00am EDT
debate wednesday, romney should question him on it. lou: your thoughts? you get the last word. >> i've been in des moines, iowa there, and people there are frustrated about what's going on in washington. they believe the administration's covering this up. they don't want white wash, but want answers. president's phenomenontures could tumble if they are not forthcoming and honest about what happened in benghazi. i think president obama's fortunes go lower opposed to up in the next days to come. lou: thank you very much. >> thank you. lou: much more on the obama administration's involving narrative, if you will, later, we take that up with the a-team. governor romney is a clear underdog right now, so why won't the liberal media call him just that? an underdog. could it be because voters love an underdog? we'll take a look at histories november surprises. the prints presses running over time. wall street loves it. the economy, apparently, needs it, and with the easy money, we couldn't poly did over the cliff, could we? wall street legends say, oh, yes, we would. lou: stock market closing
FOX News
Sep 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
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CBS
Sep 29, 2012 5:00am PDT
reid is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the president accountable for misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on sunday the president will begin three days of intensive preparation in nevada. on monday, romney will hunker down for two days in denver, the site of wednesday's deb
ABC
Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
from the first debate between president obama and republican challenger, mitt romney. some are calling these debates a make-or-break moment for romney. it's "your voice, your vote." with just 38 days left to election day. and david kerley joins us from the white house with an inside look at how both sides are prepping. david? >> reporter: good morning, bianna. this is the year that these debates could be critical. so, both candidates are spending a lot of time preparing. heading back to boston for more debate practice, mitt romney would not endorse the view that the debates could be do-or-die for his campaign. >> i don't think anyone would suggest that the debates are not important. i can't tell you how important it will be. it will be a good chance for the president and for me to have a conversation with the american people about our respective views. >> four more years. >> reporter: mr. obama spent a couple of hours practicing yesterday, as well. and has three days set aside for more practice. it's nicknamed debate camp. and near the end of camp, like now, it's a full-on mock debate.
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 5:00pm PDT
other guy can leap, debate opponents in a single bound. >> we know that governor romney's been practicing for months. i think the invasion of normandy took less preparation than he's putting into these debates. >> he's articulate, smart. he did a great job in 2008 during that campaign as a debater. he had some tough debates with hillary clinton and he performed well. >> well, that was rob portman, of course, who has been prepping governor romney. before that, senior obama campaign advisor david axelrod. each has been working as though the entire campaign depends on what happens in next week's debate. the question is will it? we will talk about that in a moment. first, one indisputable truth, debates can make history. >> i have been -- >> september 26, 1960. the first televised presidential debate, signaling a new era where appearances matter more than ever and gaffes, however small, are magnified. >> the goals are the same for all americans. >> john f. kennedy, a young senator from massachusetts, facing off against vice president richard nixon, who is known to be a fierce debat
FOX News
Sep 29, 2012 3:00pm PDT
important? the mainstream media has been saying if romney doesn't have a knock-out punch in debate one, it is over for this storyline has been perpetuated. are the debates more important for governor romney and less important for the president, what do you think? >> i think certainly, in light of the 47% brouhaha and the like, romney has to come in and not make a mistake. but the idea that anything less than a homerun is a knockout that doesn't make any sense. as i say, most debates will come out with a margin, very similar to the fairly slim margin we are seeing now. so, that's the press paying the expectation game. i don't believe. >> rick: if the president on the flip side, the president has a bad night wednesday night or a bad couple nights over the course of these three debates, how much does it hurt him? incumbents in the past had a tough time in debate number one and they lived to serve another term. >> they have. i remember in 1984 being with mondale and if you recall, reagan ended the debate, he was taking some drive up the highway in california, and people were like, he n
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 10:00pm EDT
course, the election. both president obama and governor romney are seasoned debaters, and experts say neither are prone to making major gaffes. but if there is one thing that history has taught us, when it comes to presidential debates, expect the unexpected. joining us now to talk about the moments and debate magic yet to come, republican consultant romney 2008 campaign advisor, alex castellanos and donna brazile. a lot of folks are saying these debates are do or die for romney. donna, do you agree? >> absolutely. first impression is very, very important. mitt romney had several opportunities to change the trajectory of the campaign, his selection of a running mate, paul ryan, got a small bounce. the convention speech didn't get any bounce, and now the first debate. this is like the first night on broadway. there will be more voters tuning in, they will be looking at his performance and if he comes across as somebody who is credible, who is up to the task, he might get another bounce out of it. >> aren't undecided voters the least likely to tune into the debates? gallup looked ba
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